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How to View Your LinkedIn Connections

There’s an old saying: “You have to know where you have come from to know where you are going.” This holds true even for LinkedIn. Before you start searching throughout the network, it's helpful to understand the reach of your own immediate network and how your first-degree connections’ networks add up to keep you connected with a lot of people.

The first thing you should do is get familiar with your own LinkedIn network.

To view your LinkedIn network and also some nifty statistics about your network, just follow these steps:

1

Log in to LinkedIn. From the top navigation bar, hover your mouse over the Network link and then click the Contacts link that appears.

This brings up a list of your current connections on the Contacts page. You can scroll through the list or hover your mouse over the Sort By link and then click the Last Name option (located below the tiled bar of potential contacts) to sort the list of connections in an alphabetical order.

2

Use the search box and drop-down arrow next to the Filter By link in the middle of the screen to filter your list of connections.

Enter any keyword into the search box or use one of the predefined filters (Tags, Companies, Locations, Industries, and Recent Activity) to display connections who, say, live in a greater metropolitan area of a certain city or work in a particular industry. You can also click the Advanced link at the top of the page to bring up all the filtering options.

The drop-down lists contain options only for your first-degree connections.

After clicking the Advanced link at the top of the page, you simply expand the Industry filter by clicking the triangle next to Industry and then clicking Internet. LinkedIn can show you who in your network matches that request! If you're looking for an option in any of these filter lists that doesn't appear on the filter list, none of your first-degree connections have that option defined in their profiles.

3

Expand the Locations filter to see a breakdown of where the folks in your network are located.

LinkedIn shows you the numerical breakdown of which regions are the most popular in your network.

Click any region on this list, and LinkedIn automatically performs a search of your network with that criteria. So, to see your first-degree connections who live in the greater New York City area, click the Greater New York City Area link in the Locations list.

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